There are many reasons why people to convert to a Plant Based Diet: Doctor recommended, being more environmentally conscious, being an animal lover... The reasons are many, and the disadvantages few.
In fact, eating more plant-based meals has been scientifically proven to improve overall health!
everydayhealth.com lists out some benefits of adding more plant-based meals to your diet and cutting back on animal-based ones:
1. High blood pressure has been known to increase the risk for health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Several studies have shown that sticking with a plant-based diet can reduce blood pressure, thus reducing your risk of suffering from a stroke, diabetes II and heart disease.
2. Did you know that meat contains saturated fat, which can contribute to heart issues when eaten in excess? According to a study published in August 2019 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, eating a plant-based diet may reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 16 percent and dying of this health condition by about 31 percent!
3. But it’s not just about limiting meat — you have to make sure the plant-based foods you’re consuming instead are healthy. That means loading up on whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and healthy oils (such as olive oil) rather than unhealthy plant foods, like refined grains and sugary beverages, which can increase your risk of heart trouble, according to a study published in July 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
4. Going plant-based can help with weight loss! This is partly because whole grains and vegetables are relatively low on the glycemic index — which means they’re digested more slowly. Fruits contain antioxidants and fiber, which helps prolong fullness and reduces in-between meal snacking.
There are, of course, a whole lot more benefits, but you get the general idea: The more plants you consume over meat, the better your overall health.
Would you consider making the swap?